[Review] Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: August 31st 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover, 476 pages

Magic is dangerous–but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Cassandra Clare did it again! A beautifully crafted story, a world I would totally love to live in.

Cassandra Clare is one author that I totally admire and I must say I was really blown away by this book! The story revolves around Tessa Gray and her adventure along with the devious Downworlder and the noble Shadowhunters. I love how the whole story was plotted, it was really convincing in my part, but I cannot deny that my assumptions was totally right while reading it. I cannot say nothing about the story and how it was written; Cassandra proves to me again that she is an author with the talent of story building and storytelling. I love the fact that this book was on the Victorian Era, I must say that this is one Era that I would love to live in.

Tessa Gray is the damsel in distress in this book, cliché but yes she is the damsel in distress. Tessa went to London hoping to find her brother Nate but ends up being abducted by the Dark Sisters. Unfortunate events follow as Tessa wonders why she was held by the Dark Sisters. But that didn’t kept Tessa from hoping to find and seek her brother Nate. I like characters who shows vulnerability and is strong I think I can relate to her in some point. William Herondale, ahhh I cannot explain how cranky this boy is. None the less I totally love his character, if you have read The Mortal Instruments Series I think you’ll know where Jace got his snarky attitude lol I guess it runs in the family. Having said William his parabatai James Carstairs is his opposite which I believe that’s why they work well as a team. Jem’s character is a boy who you would totally care for, I have a special heart for this boy for some reason that I just want to cuddle him up.

The cover of Clockwork Angel is William Herondale which I must say is a swoon worthy cover and deserves a cover love! I really like how the cover has the Clockwork Angel of Tessa. I also like the background which is a very mystical London and the mechanical cogs.

Fans of The Mortal Instruments Series I dare you not to miss this prequel! I think overall it shows how Clare’s writing for this book is quite different from her previous books. I think it just show how talented and flexible an author she really is. I totally recommend this book for every Mortal Instruments, Twilight, and Harry Potter fans out there. The whole read was really enjoyable, I can’t wait for Clockwork Prince and find out what happens next!



Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

5 responses to “[Review] Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

  1. I have been seeing this one around, and my curiosity is piqued. It is good to know that it is much different than her previous books. I am putting it on my list to read.

  2. I have been reading plenty of reviews about this and they all point out Tessa is a damsel in distress. I always wonder if that is just a character weakness or a testament to the times she was living in.

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